Eight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Learning About The Minor Arcana - The Swords

Eight of Swords Upright Draw Keywords





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Eight of Swords Upright Draw Meaning

What a sorry state we can feel about ourselves and our situation when we get the Eight of Swords in a reading. The person on the card is bound by a blindfold and wrapped up in white cloth, symbolizing that they have been wound up in their own thoughts and cannot find a way out. Thus, the Eight of Swords suggests that you may need to look upon a situation from a different angle.

Self-imposed boundaries have limited your advancement—either literally or figuratively. You cannot see the available choices, because you’re not in the right mindset to choose. Too many ideas, many of them based on fear, are running through your mind. Such rigid or overthinking is keeping you from pulling the blindfold off.

When looking at the card, the person amongst the swords does indeed some like a victim, a person in distress in need of saving. Should you see a part of yourself in this figure, then it is time for you to regain your lost sense of self. Open your eyes to what lies ahead. Even if you don’t necessarily agree with what is available, the end of the road will certainly be better than where you are now. Also, you don’t have to be constrained by others’ values. You are your own person.

A key symbol often found in this card is that the bindings are loose and not tied off. This means that releasing yourself from this situation can be a lot easier than you may think it to be.

Eight of Swords In Love and Relationships

In the context of love and relationships, the Eight of Swords means that you have to reflect on what you presently have, either as a single person or someone who is committed to another. Thoughts like, “this is better than being alone,” or “I’m meant to be lonely,” are only holding you back. Rethink everything. Don’t allow yourself to be in an unhealthy relationship with yourself or with others. Fix yourself, and realize you can’t fix anyone else.

It may also be a call to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Being too rigid can keep people at arm’s length. Compassion and understanding are in order. Maybe, just maybe you don’t know everything…

Eight of Swords In Career And Finances

If you hate your job, you are not stuck there. You are not powerless. There is actually a lot that you can do to change the environment. Listen to your heart instead. You can leave the location, find a new job, or you can funnel your energy into recreating your current work style.

The Eight of Sword also calls you to realize that your financial situation is something that you create. If you’ve never had money, you cannot feed into the idea that you’re meant to be poor. Instead, think richly. Live fully. By doing so, wealth with gravitate to you. It is also a good idea to work with someone who can help you shift your mindset to a place of positivity and opportunity.

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Eight of Swords Reverse Draw Keywords

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Eight of Swords Reverse Draw Meaning

There is a slightly positive note to the Eight of Swords reversed. You have gotten through something difficult, and now you are more accepting of the changes on the horizon. You have begun the long process of self-reflection. You are beginning to change your approach to life, and you have refused to become the victim of your situation. This is a good thing because it means you haven’t lost hope.

There are indeed some limiters still in place, many of them coming from your past. That money on your back has to come off before you move any further. Otherwise, you may relapse into old habits that you’ve struggled with getting rid of.

Eight of Swords Reverse Draw Love and Relationships

Do you actually want change in your relationship or do you just want to complain about it? You’re making the decision every day to stay in the situation that you’re in. You can also make the decision to take action.

Eight of Swords Reverse Draw Career and Finances

Your job is going nowhere. This is not the career you’ve been looking for. There is nothing wrong with wanting a steady paycheck, not everyone needs to be an entrepreneur. If you’re looking for progression where you’re at, this may not be the place to stay.

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Understanding the Rider Waite Imagery For Eight of Swords

The Eight of Swords in most Tarot decks show a person tied up, blindfolded, and unable or willing to move. Swords surround them, acting as prison bars that have isolated them in a barren land. In the distance, we can see a castle, and the path before them is presumably clear. Is the situation as desperate and hopeless as it seems? Knowing that the Suit of Swords is connected to the mind and rationality, it may only take logic for this person to realize there is indeed a way out. As the old saying goes, you got yourself into this mess, you are going to have to get yourself out of it too

The Muse of Tarot For Eight of Swords

Tarot Muses are the divine creative source personified. They are invoked to provide support and space for your readings and lend their special gifts in realm of Tarot magic.

Mirrovly - The Muse of Reflective Tarot Readings

One of the questions that Mirrovly can help you answer with the Eight of Swords is how you got trapped. Did you put yourself in a situation? Did someone else manipulate you into it? Can you go free once you understand what led you here or if you need to do more work before you can get out? No matter where you are in the spectrum of this card, it’s a call to tend to your mental health.

About The Swords

The Swords are about thinking and intellect. They represent the challenge, the road and the struggle we go through with truth and clarity. The Swords are challenging us to move our minds into the realm of wisdom. The Swords are the element of air, the season of spring, the direction of east and the colour yellow.